MIDNIGHT REQUEST has yet to win in six starts over timber but went close on a couple of occasions last month. He has little to beat dropping down in class for this and should be opening his account. Yazdi may figure on his second over a shorter trip here in December but he's ran poorly either side of that, but Landenstown Pearl made the frame at Warwick in between a couple of distinctly modest efforts. Epee Celeste has tumbled down the weights in a relatively short space of time but has yet to show any benefit and the remainder are even harder to fancy.
Yazdi (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, pulled up, in a race won by Heavenstown (10-12) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy, 12 ran.
Midnight Request 7-4fav (10-6) Led until 5th, led next, clear after 3 out until 2 out, headed and one pace flat, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Come On Annie (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Drumgooland (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pressed leaders 4th, weakened 3 out, eased next, 6th of 8, 38l behind Outrageous Request (10-13) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Landenstown Pearl (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened before 8th, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Campbonnais (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Ivans Back (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Soon led and clear, hit first, ridden and hit 3 out, headed before next, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 10l behind Crookstown (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Epee Celeste (FR) 33-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, took closer order 4th, led 6th, headed 5 out, weakened after 4 out, soon tailed off, 5th of 9, 43l behind The Last Bridge (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Multilicious 50-1 (10-9) Raced wide, held up and behind, blundered 2nd and 4th, tailed off when went left 3 out, 8th of 9, 39l behind Red Four (10-12) at Doncaster 2m juv flls mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Caught By Witness (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, no impression before last, 6th of 10, 12l behind Lean Burn (10-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Swing State 20-1 (10-8) Mid-division, tracked leaders after 4 out, outpaced before next, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Homer Run (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.